to Prepare Yourself for Your Pet’s Death
Your pet is an important part of your life but you have to acknowledge that he/she will not live forever. For this reason, you must do your best to ensure the best possible comfort, as well as spend as much time as you can together. As your dog will get older, you have to prepare yourself for the unavoidable. Here are a few measures that you can take, so that you are better prepared for when the moment arrives.
Forming memories will help you remember your beloved
Like humans, dogs
age and become sick. As his/her owner, the most important thing is that you
spend time together and form memories that you are going to cherish when he/she
will no longer be around. You can take a walk every day, play catch or just
spend some together in the back yard. Your dog thrives from your physical
presence, so try to be there for him/her.
It never gets easy.
For most people, losing a beloved dog is like losing a family member.
For pet parents, losing a fur baby is like losing a child. It hurts, and it
often feels like there’s a void that big enough to swallow the sun.
The grief, emptiness and sadness one feels during the loss of a dog
can be profound. Whether it’s a friend or family member dealing with a recent
passing, your job is to be there to support them during the grieving process.
Here’s how to get it done the right way.
5 ways personal growth results from the grief of losing a dog
Dogs form incredible connections with their humans. It’s indescribable how much a dog can love its owner. A dog’s insatiable need to be close to and loved by their human is a mysterious and beautiful thing that’s been observed for centuries.
The depth and strength of a relationship with a dog can be equal to that which occurs in close human relationships. Probably the most heartbreaking truth about this companionship is that in nearly all cases, the dog is going to pass away long before the owner does. Therefore, no matter how much someone loves their dog, a day will likely come when their loss must be dealt with.
Inevitably, every dog owner will need to go through this harsh reality at some point. When man loses his best friend, there is a painful grieving period that could be as long-lasting as that of a human loss. Sadly, society often fails to recognize the sheer impact that the grief that comes from losing a dog is able to create, and many people will have to face this bereavement without much support. The following are five ways in which the grief of losing a dog can lead to personal growth.
A pet is truly your best friend. It doesn’t matter if your pet has wings, paws, or lives in a small tank; as long as you love that little buddy of yours, you know how much it means to you.
I personally know someone who couldn’t eat his food properly after the death of his chameleon; he mourned for more than four days and even after that, it took him almost a month to completely get out of the trauma. To some people it may seem silly, but to anyone who has owned and lost a pet, we can sympathize for how he felt.
Sympathizing with others, even if it’s as simple as reading over positive pet loss quotes, can be a very healing way to deal with the pain of losing a pet.
If you yourself have lost a pet or have a friend who has lost his pet, here are a few quotes that you must read, remember, and share with those who would appreciate it:
1. “He was not ‘bought’, he was ‘adopted’”
This is one of my favorite pet loss quotes. For all those who considered their pets more than mere animals – we bring our pets into our family, they aren’t just store products.
Before we talk about the meaning behind the Rainbow Bridge, here is a look at the poem itself:
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.